28 January 2020

January 28 is internationally known as Data Protection Day. On this date in 1981 Council of Europe's Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, known as "Convention No 108" was opened for signature. The decision to mark January 28 as the Data Protection Day was taken by the CoE's Committee of Ministers on April 26, 2006 and is currently observed all over the world.

The main purpose of Data Protection Day is to raise awareness and promote initiatives and good practices towards understanding the rights, rules, risks and guarantees associated with the processing and protection of personal data. The dynamic development of technology and the increase in information flows around the world pose new challenges to the protection of the right to privacy. It is everyone's responsibility to become aware of the dimensions of their right to privacy and of its protection.


European Data Protection Supervisor 

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is the European Union’s (EU) independent data protection authority. EDPS monitors and ensures the protection of personal data and privacy when EU institutions and bodies process the personal information of individuals; advises EU institutions and bodies on all matters relating to the processing of personal data, on request or on EDPS's own initiative. In particular, EDPS is consulted by the European Commission on proposals for legislation, international agreements, as well as implementing and delegated acts with impact on data protection and privacy. EDPS also monitors new technology that may affect the protection of personal information; intervenes before the Court of Justice of the EU to provide expert advice on interpreting data protection law; cooperates with national supervisory authorities and other supervisory bodies to improve consistency in protecting personal information.


Events organized for 14th Data Protection Day


The Council of Europe has drawn up a list of planned events for the 14th Data Protection Day. More than 50 countries worldwide will celebrate January 28 with information campaigns, open doors, conferences, public discussions, television and radio debates, awards. You can see the full list here.


Bulgaria's Commission for Personal Data Protection

In Bulgaria, Data Protection Day will be celebrated with an Open Reception, an annual award for journalism, an information brochure and the launch of the GDPR mobile application in your pocket: https://www.cpdp.bg/en/index.php.


Big Brother anti-awards

Often around January 28, Big Brother anti-award ceremonies take place. The Big Brother anti-award was established in 1998 by Privacy International, an international non-governmental organization for the protection of personal rights. The name is inspired by George Orwell's famous dystopia "1984". In the novel, Big Brother is a symbol of the state that watches and cares for you at the cost of the absolute restriction of personal freedom in all its forms. The anti-award symbol is a military boot stepping over a human head. The history of the awards can be traced at http://bigbrotherawards.org/.
 
In Bulgaria, the Big Brother anti-awards campaign is organized by the Access to Information Programme and Internet Society-Bulgaria. Anti-awards are given to government bodies, private companies or individuals who, through their actions, have violated the right to privacy and the protection of personal data of citizens. Information about the seven ceremonies in Bulgaria can be found on the AIP website.